After achieving a double podium finish in Catalunya a fortnight ago, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Assen, Netherlands, a circuit with such a long motorcycling tradition that it has earned the nickname “The Cathedral.”
Though its main straight is just 560m long, Assen still boasts one of the fastest average-lap speeds on the calendar, and its flowing turns -11 rights and six lefts – make it a favourite for most of the riders, the Repsol Honda duo included. Both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have achieved strong results there: for Marc, four victories across all classes and two MotoGP podiums; for Dani, his first victory in a World Championship race (125cc – 2002 at just 16 years of age), plus two 250cc podium finishes and five in MotoGP.
Starting this year, the Dutch TT—the only venue on the MotoGP calendar to have hosted a GP race since the World Championship was inaugurated in 1949—will lose its other unique status as the only round to host Saturday racing since the very first time GP motorcycles competed there. The event will now follow the championship’s typical schedule, with practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday, and the race on Sunday.
Assen is the only venue to have held a round of the Motorcycle World Championship every year since its creation in 1949. The circuit was purpose built for the Dutch TT in 1955, with previous events having been held on public roads. The track is narrow, with rapid changes in… read more.
|Length||4.542 kilometres / 2.822 miles|
|Longest straight||0.487 kilometres / 0.303 miles|
TT Circuit Assen, De Haar, Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 32.627s (176.5km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Lap||1m 33.617s (174.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Time||40m 54.037s (173.2km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2015)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|